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Woodward Light Rail Project Loses Out On $25M Grant But Shouldn't Give Up, LaHood Says

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The Detroit light rail project will not receive the $25 million grant backers hoped for, but U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he was
The Detroit light rail project will not receive the $25 million grant backers hoped for, but U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he was "committed" to the project. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today Detroit's proposed streetcar project won't be receiving a federal grant worth up to $25 million but is still in the running to receive that amount from other grant programs.

In a letter to the Roger Penske, chairman of the M-1 Rail group, LaHood said the group won't receive the grant it was hoping for under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program because of lingering concerns about the project.

The group is proposing a $137-million streetcar line that would run 3.3 miles along Woodward from downtown to the New Center.

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